by Bob Roberts Jr
Preachers talk a lot about preaching the “gospel”. They also make sure when at churches and other conferences they talk a lot about “the gospel” and they preach “the gospel” at their churches and at conferences. This is good, but God had more in mind than just that, especially when you read Acts and look at the ministry of Paul and the early church.
This is heavy on my mind and heart, because this past year I’ve been to so many places that are not “Christian” nations, or worship centers or areas. It’s because of global humanitarian work and global interfaith (I like multifaith) events I’ve been invited to speak. I’ve always done this, but this was an exceptional year that allowed me to see patterns and put things in perspective, outside of just moving in a flow I hadn’t thought a huge amount about. Yet, in those places I’ve been asked to explain what a Christian is, often an evangelical Christian. It gives me an opportunity with leaders that are not Christians, and opens the door for other forms of media with interviews in print, radio, and television, to talk about Jesus. Christians are often shocked when they hear I was in country X and there’s a newspaper article, or internet story, or something else where I’m literally explaining the birth, life, death, resurrection of Jesus and what he’s done for me and why I believe it, and why I want to bless all of humanity in the name of Jesus whether they follow him or not. I’ve actually been invited to teach “Christianity” by non-Christians in nations that are not “Christian” nations in the least, some of which have Christians in jail. It’s unusual to our Western religious culture, but not to Acts. Read more